Canadian writer/director Jason Buxton’s Blackbird, his award-winning tale of community group-think and societal mob action against an outcast teen named Sean (Connor Jessup — best known as Simon in the Saddle Club television series) will be making its DVD debut on Oct. 7 courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures.
Filmed in Nova Scotia, Sean is something of an outcast — not part of the hockey clique — goth-like in his appearance, but bus-riding friends with Deanna (Alexia Fast), who just happens to have a boyfriend on the hockey team. The slide into hell begins with this simple relationship … they are just friends who ride on the same bus home in the afternoon.
When her boyfriend begins to think that there’s more going on between Sean and Deanna he springs into action and gives him a few of his best hockey moves that involve wall-slamming and threats. That’s the escalation.
Next, a well-meaning teacher councils Sean to channel his feelings (anger, hurt, etc.) into writing about how he feels. He does … and it takes the form of a fantasy revenge tale that smacks of the next Columbine. A private writing meant to channel and release anger. What could go wrong with that?
Once his writings go viral the authorities scoop him up. His father, like most in rural Nova Scotia, has a gun collection, so Sean is guilty, guilty, guilty of planning a school massacre despite all of his statements to the contrary.
Throw in some bad legal advise and it’s off to Waterville, the local “reform” school for real criminals. Sean has entered hell … a beating by the hockey team is starting to look pretty nice about now!
From bullied outcast to Waterville criminal with nothing more that some words scribbled in a notebook, but the whole community can now breathe a collective sigh of relief.
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